Trail Rules and Safety

The GMNC ski trails are managed for cross country skiing. Trail user guidelines help minimize user conflicts, reduce grooming costs, and ensure a safe winter recreation experience for our all trail users. Here are a few rules and tips.


Snowshoers are requested to use Ward trails, snowshoe-designated trails at County Line, or any of the many non-GMNC trails on the Grand Mesa. If you snowshoe on groomed ski trails, walk single file along the outside of the skate lane to prevent collisions with skiers and to avoid damaging the skate and classic tracks. Snowshoes can quickly degrade GMNC’s grooming and significantly increase our grooming costs.


No hiking on the groomed ski trails. Hiking severely degrades the grooming and makes travel difficult for skiers.

Classic Ski Tracks

Do not herringbone, skate ski, ski in wider touring skis, snowshoe, or walk on the classic ski track.


Move to the edge of the trail and avoid obstructing traffic.

Right of Way

In general, downhill skiers have the right-of-way, faster skiers should yield to beginners and children, and dogs should yield to everyone. When in doubt, use courtesy and common sense.


Generally pass on the left. When approaching skiers from behind, call out "on your left" to alert the other party to your presence.

Help Others

Assist others with directions and ski information.

Grooming In Progress

If you encounter the groomers on the trails, step off of the trail if necessary.

Snow Bikes and Snowmobiles

The US Forest Service prohibits snow bikes and snowmobiles at Skyway, County Line, and Ward cross country ski trail systems.

Dog Rules & Etiquette